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Happy Birthday, Spam! Answered

It's quite appropriate, given the recent spate of spam threads, to find out that this weekend is the thirtieth anniversary of the first spam email:

The first recognisable e-mail marketing message was sent on 3 May, 1978 to 400 people on behalf of DEC - a now-defunct computer-maker.

The message was sent via Arpanet - the internet's forerunner - and won its sender much criticism from recipients.

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The sender of the first junk e-mail message was Gary Thuerk and it was sent to advertise new additions to DEC's family of System-20 minicomputers.

It invited the recipients, all of whom were on Arpanet and lived on the west coast of the US, to go to one of two presentations showing off the capabilities of the System-20.

Reaction to the message was swift, with complaints reportedly coming from the US Defense Communications Agency, which oversaw Arpanet, and took Mr Thuerk's boss to task about it.

So, how do you plan to celebrate?

BBC story
Another article, including the actual message

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Lithium Rain
Lithium Rain

Reply 12 years ago

Haha, I knew it was just a matter of time before someone posted that! I love monty python...and hate all types of spam, be they canned meat or unsolicited emails.

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LinuxH4x0r
LinuxH4x0r

Reply 12 years ago

I also love monty python! And hate all spam

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Lithium Rain
Lithium Rain

Reply 12 years ago

Did you see the kamikaze scotsmen skit? Or the argument clinic? So funny...

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 12 years ago

My two favs are the Dead Parrot sketch and the Ministry of Silly Walks

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Lithium Rain
Lithium Rain

Reply 12 years ago

Oh! I love the dead parrot one! I'll have to look for that other one on youtube...

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 12 years ago

Is this what you are looking for ? I am not 100% sure, since I have no audio on this machine...


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Lithium Rain
Lithium Rain

Reply 12 years ago

Lol, that one's funny...no, I mean I'll have to find the Ministry of Silly Walks on youtube.

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 12 years ago

Oh John Cleese is so absolutely perfect for this too, his long legs and being in really good shape (able to lift his foot well above his head like that), makes it absolutely hilarious....


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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 12 years ago

It was strange really to see how he looked just a few years ago when he did an interview and was white haired, old, and quite a bit heavier....

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ll.13
ll.13

Reply 12 years ago

So, what's the future like, you posted that -31 minutes ago. xP

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GorillazMiko
GorillazMiko

Reply 12 years ago

You're lucky I didn't post the There Will Be Blood clip... (milkshakes).

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ll.13
ll.13

12 years ago

Actually.... this is related..... -I HATE those y2k images... they look so crappy (quality nicety)... :-/ xD

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Lithium Rain
Lithium Rain

12 years ago

Sure it fits in the life section...spam is sadly a daily part of life!

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Keith-Kid
Keith-Kid

Reply 12 years ago

true......I guess its acceptable to spam this thread....If I may?

-erhem-

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Click to enlarge! Big! Big! BIG!!!!!

Jessica Alba with a fruitcake in the Bathroom?!! CLick for pics!!!!

Want to live and work in the USA for free?! Work from your home!!! Gain $100,000 a week from your home selling knick-knacks?!!!!

im sick and stuff so send this to people so they can know Im sick too and they can help me even though Ive been dead for 19 years now.

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ll.13
ll.13

Reply 12 years ago

Imitation is the sincerest for of flattery. xD

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Keith-Kid
Keith-Kid

12 years ago

shouldn't this be in community blog or events...at least tech....but this really doesn't fit in the life section!

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Kiteman
Kiteman

Reply 12 years ago

I figured it was a fact of life...

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Goodhart
Goodhart

12 years ago

The entity has a life of it's own now.....

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Labot2001
Labot2001

12 years ago

I'm gonna forward this forum to at least 15 people within the next 15 minutes or I will have bad luck for the next 15 years!!!!

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Keith-Kid
Keith-Kid

Reply 12 years ago

aren't we all!

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ll.13
ll.13

12 years ago

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Oops!

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ll.13
ll.13

Reply 12 years ago

Uh.... there's my celebration... :rolleyes:

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Keith-Kid
Keith-Kid

12 years ago

Ha! I remembered like a week ago!!